Expedition coordinator and head of Year 10 at Isambard School, Ben Maxfield, has taken the radical step of setting up his own not-for-profit adventure company offering outdoor experiences to schools and corporate groups, after identifying that other businesses in the field were charging massive amounts of money.
Describing his aims, Ben said: “I realised that many expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh award and the Three Peaks Challenge are largely offered to the private education sector because of the huge amounts of money involved.
"I want to make the UK mountains accessible to everyone, both physically and financially, so I set up BXM Expeditions in May last year. We charge around a third less than the big companies, and offer the usual range of experiences. We also tailor-make projects for individuals and groups and offer Lads & Dads trips for primary school age children.”
Ben has worked as a mountain guide all over the UK and internationally, so the process of getting licensed and insured was relatively straightforward. He now employs two people and works with qualified climbers and experienced teachers to lead the expeditions.
Ben is determined to see his year group through their five years at Isambard and will continue both his teaching and organising roles until July 2014. He said: “It’s hard work at the moment, doing 14 hour days and working weekends and school holidays. But it will be worth it.”
Pictured above: Ben with Eddie the Eagle at Isambard School’s prize giving evening in September.
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